A Kenyan businessman Koome Kirimi has been charged with conspiracy to steal Sh400 million from a Rwandan national.
Koome appeared before magistrate Lucas Onyina and denied the charges.
He was accused of conspiring to defraud Muhinyuza, USD 2,619,583.27, being merchants funds by falsely representing himself as the owner of the said funds.
A Magistrates Court in Milimani had issued a warrant of arrest on Koome after he became elusive.
The warrant was based on an application by lawyer Danstan Omari and state prosecutor James Gachoka.
They argued that the interests of investors needed to be safeguarded.
Omari represents the complainant, one Desire Muhinyuza who is the CEO and Co founder of stay online limited Rwanda.
The said offence is said to have been committed on diverse dates between 10th July and 4th October 2023 in Nairobi within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court and with intent to defraud.
Koome further faced a charge with Stealing USD 100,000 (Sh14,945,000) property of Stay Online Limited.
The money had allegedly been entrusted to him to make payment of provision of taxes for the said company.
In addition, he is facing charges of making a false entry in a document for payment of USD 100,000 to his USD Account domiciled at Equity and giving false information to the police.
He is also accused of giving false information to police.
“On the 10th day of August, 2023 at Kilimani Police Station, in Nairobi within Nairobi County, informed No. 100793 PC. Esther Theuri a person employed in the Public Service as a Police Officer that someone by the name of Ambrose Wamans Obara had forged some documents and your signature to obtain a non estimated amount of money from your account held at United Bank of
Africa, information you knew to be false,” said the charge sheet.
Koome denied all charges before Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina.
He has been released on Sh 500,000 cash bail.
The matter will be mentioned on October 23.